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Medclear launches water-soluble, bio-available curcumin in syrup form
Saturday, 04 March, 2017, 08 : 00 AM [IST]
Our Bureau, Mumbai
Medclear Healthcare offers innovative quality ingredients for dietary supplementation, nutritional fortification, functional foods, functional beverages, colouring and personal care applications.
It has launched Curclear, completely water-soluble, bioavailable curcumin in the syrup form[patent filed (national and international, PCT), under progress.]
The most common applications of curcumin are as a dietary supplement, in cosmetics, as a food colouring and as flavouring for foods.
Curcumin has a huge market in the world, including India, as it has anti-oxidant properties [its oxygen radical absorbance capacity (1,27,068) is over 100 times better than that of green tea (1,253)] and is anti-arthritis, anti-ulcer, anti-cancer, anti-cold, anti-allergy, anti-diabetic, etc.
But in a lot of clinical trials, it has been concluded that the curcumin was shown to exhibit poor bioavailability, excreted by rapid metabolism, low levels in plasma and tissues and extensive rapid excretion, factors that make its in-vivo activity poorly understood.
Potential factors that limit the bioavailability of curcumin include insolubility in water, which affects absorption.
But after a lot of research on curcumin, the curcumin was made water soluble. This easily absorbed and, thus, the bioavailability in the body increased.
Note: In case of native curcumin in the capsule and tablet form, less than one per cent* gets absorbed. [*A lot of clinical trials concluded.]
So, even though we take 500mg x 2 = 1,000mg per day, less than 10mg get absorbed.
But Curclear, being a water-soluble syrup, gets absorbed quickly, compared to the regular curcumin supplements available in the market in capsule and tablet form.
The recommended dose is 1ml (50mg curcumin) x 2 times = 100mg curcumin per day, a substantial portion of which gets absorbed). It is recommended that 1ml be added to a glass of cold water and mixed well before drinking.
Moreover, most of the curcumin products contain piperine (an extract of black pepper) to enhance the absorption of curcumin. Curcumin supplements using piperine have been shown to cause gastrointestinal upset.
Curclear is well absorbed without piperine, and thus optimises the health benefits of curcumin without stomach upset or any other side effects.
Being a syrup, it bypasses the disintegration and dissolution processes which are associated with tablets and capsules, thus increasing bioavailability. And there is greater customer compliance.
It is free of gluten, wheat, dairy, soy, yeast, sugar*, colours. nano form, liposomal form, piperine, alcohol and other organic solvents.
*Sucralose, a non-nutritive sweetener is used instead, so it is suitable for diabetics also.
The product, which is available online, is cheaper than other products available in the market. A 60ml PET bottle, with a 1ml dropper, is priced at Rs 460.
Each 1ml contains a 50g Curcuma longa (Haridra) rhizome extract (std to 95 per cent curcuminoids).
It is orange-flavoured and free from an unpleasant curcumin odour.
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